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Alphard is the name of a star in the middle of the Hydra constellation. It is also known as the "Heart of the Snake" because of that (thus, no wonder Alphard commands the "Snakes"). "Al-Phard" also means "the lonely one" in Arabic because it's the brightest star in the whole sky sector.
Before even that, "Canaan" referred to Phoenicians (you can even hear the phonetic similarity) in their own language. Phoenicians were the supreme mariners and traders of their time and founded Carthage, The Rival and Worthy Opponent to Ancient Rome. They also invented the alphabet.
Hilarious in Hindsight: In first episode The view of the TVB Jade watermark displayed on the further top-right. And as of Summer 2013, the watermark is now moved to the top-right side since this said network no longer support SD feed.
Les Yay: Canaan and Maria. They flirt a lot, indeed. At one point, Maria even delivers lines that can easily be interpreted as a confession of love.
Les Yay Shipping: There are quite a few fans of Alphard/Canaan, not to mention Maria/Canaan.